Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bangles, bangles, bangles!

If you keep up with my blog you'll often see blog candy featuring my latest resin bangles but today I offer you something a little different. Yes, they are still bangles, but not of the resin kind.

You see, I picked up these awesome wooden bangle blanks some time ago and I've been longing to do something with them and at last I have some to share with you. Pretty jazzy, aren't they?

These are just a couple that will feature in an upcoming class in August so if you're interested in learning how I made these then check out my class schedule at Mill Lane Studio to make a booking.

These 2 samples are just a teaser for the workshop. I'm working on more using different techniques at the moment - they'll be uploaded at a later date!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

More Colours of Nature!

A few days ago I shared a couple of resin bangles from my Colours of Nature series and I promised more..... so here's a bit of eye candy!

How's this for eye popping? It was inspired by the intense colours of sunset as the sun has just slipped below the horizon with beautiful orange, pink and deep purple clouds floating in the sky.

You can almost here the palm trees swaying and the water gently lapping on the shore.
Tropical Sunset

And for the next one, I've headed into the orchard where it's oranges, lemons and lime - a very zesty bangle!
Citrus Garden

This one was inspired by my mandarin tree which is laden with delicious, sweet mandarins at the moment - the fruit looks so tempting as it nestles against the deep green leaves. And whilst the fragrant blossoms from spring are now long gone, that wonderful citrus fragrance has replaced it...... can't you just smell that citrus tang?

Moving on from winter fruits to summer ones, this is my take on watermelon.

Cocooned inside that mottled green rind is the sweetest summer surprise. Mmmm..... mouth watering, juicy flesh ready to quench your thirst on a hot summer's day. Can't you just imagine biting into a slice of cool watermelon and delighting in its sweet, juicy pulp?

The last one for today is bright, bright, bright - the colours of hibiscus flowers..... a very troppo bangle!
Tropical Fantasy

If you like these bangles and are interested in adding one to your accessory collection, why not drop in to my website: Mill Lane Studio where all these and more are available for purchase.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Colours of Nature

Do you ever get in one of those moods where you just don't want to stop playing? You know the kind, when you get on a roll and just don't want to stop. Well, having been deprived of creative time over the last couple of weeks, tonight I really felt like making up for lost time.

With the tedium of the end of financial year now behind me, I was happy to pull out my resin supplies to do some casting. Not only did I cast and finish a couple of bangles, but I also had time to experiment with surface finishes. And here's the results:

The first one is inpired by the lush greenery of the tropical rainforest.
The depth of colour in this bangle is amazing. The shades of light and dark greens and blues play well off each other.

The second bangle is inspired by the brilliant blue ocean, with white capped waves crashing over the coral reef. It's called Pacific Blue.
The addition of brown to the blues adds a nice contrast.

I was on a roll by this time and I had colour combinations swimming around in my head but alas the resin won't cure fast enough so look out for those ideas in my next post. I can't wait until tomorrow night!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Treasures from the Bead and Gem Show

As I mentioned in my last post, there hasn't been a lot of time for creativity over these last couple of weeks. But I did manage to squeeze in a day at the Brisbane Bead and Gem show over the weekend. My wonderful daughter was able to come and share the fun with me and we had a lovely day, scouring the stands for treasures.Most of this lovely lot of loot came from Crystal Park. How pretty it all looks bundled together!

Did you notice all the beautiful rose gold findings amongst the silver and gold? I love rose gold..... it suits my skin tone much better than yellow gold but it's not easy to find so I stock up whenever I see it. Crystal Park carries a great range of rose gold charms and findings. So if you're like me and you prefer rose gold, you should try and make it into their shop at Browns Plains. I highly recommend them.

This assortment of goodies came from a variety of retailers: All About Beads, Bohemia Beads, My Little Bead Shop and Crystal Park.

Of course, this wasn't the only bit of loveliness that we brought home with us. I spotted a beautiful lampwork bead that had my name written all over it along with some coordinating handmade glass beads. And I couldn't leave the show without some Swarovski's - just love that bling!

I also added an anvil and hammer to my tool collection - I've long wanted both of these items so I was really pleased to find a special offer on them. I would have loved a jewellers saw too but that will have to wait until another time. In the meantime I will continue using my flush cutters to separate jump rings.

I really love going to shows like these - apart from the wonderful eye candy that the rows and rows of bead strands provide, I find it very tantalising to scoop your hands into bowls of beads and select a few treasures!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


This week has seen the end of the financial year come around and there has been no time in my schedule for play - I've been getting rather fidgety without my regular fix of creativity! And even though today is Saturday, I had a full schedule of classes, so there was still no time for play.

But....... tonight I'm off to a Masquerade ball and I don't yet have a mask to wear.

Now normally, this would have been enough to send me into a panic, but tonight, I am cool, calm and collected because when I arrived home after my classes today, my wonderful husband had a very basic silver mask waiting for me - perfect for the dress I am planning to wear.

But with just 10 creative minutes in hand, there was just enough time tizzy up the mask before we had to leave for the ball.

First step........ raid my stash for some basic items that I think will work with the dress I have chosen to wear: a smoky blue jersey sheath. I chose some white paper flowers, some fabric flower sprays and a sheet of adhesive rhinestones.

Step 2 - arrange the flowers along the top of one side. Layer smaller flowers for texture and add rhinestones in each centre.

Step 3 - Tape the fabric flower sprays in place along the inside edge of the mask so they drape nicely and then cut away the excess wire.

Not bad! It all came together in just a few minutes and it worked really well with my dress.

My wonderful husband also bought me a lovely grey, pleated wrap to drape around my shoulders as the wind has been very breezy in Brisbane the last few days and the nights have become very chilly.

OK, I'm set...... we're off to the Masquerade!